Fired For Praying? - My9 New Jersey

Fired For Praying?

Posted: Updated:

A beloved Rutgers University bus driver was allegedly forced to resign from his job and students at the school say they want their champ back. 

Stan McNeil, was a bus driver for Rutgers up until last week. That is when he was pulled into an office at the university and told it was unacceptable to pray for a student.

McNeil admits that he put his hands on a female passenger who is wheelchair bound and prayed for her.  He says that's what cost him his job.

Students have started a social media campaign to get the word out and helped him put together a video to explain the event in a YouTube video to the students.

Stan explains the event, “I was pulled in the office and I was told that my service wasn’t needed anymore. I was told that they didn’t accept the fact that I laid hands and prayed on one of the students. So I said okay.”

In the video, he said they didn’t want to fire for him so they suggested he resign.

First Transit, not Rutgers, is the company in charge of the bus drivers on the Rutgers campus. They said that McNeil was let go, because he did not properly strap in a handicapped student.

In a statement to Chasing New Jersey a company spokesperson wrote:  "First Transit has long appreciated Mr. McNeil’s rapport with the students he transports at Rutgers University. We respect both his religious beliefs and the many positive messages he shared with the students. We likewise respect the beliefs and practices of all the Rutgers Students who choose to interact with Mr. McNeil."

It goes on to say:  "This case is about safety, which is a core value of First Transit. All of our vehicle operators are instructed, 'If it can’t be done safely, don’t do it.' A full internal review revealed that Mr. McNeil failed to follow a critical safety protocol. There are four points of restraint for safely securing a wheelchair on a bus. Mr. McNeil secured only two of them. First Transit’s safety guidelines state that 'failure to properly secure wheelchairs or other mobility devices is identified as a safety offense appropriate for discharge.'"

When advised of his violation, McNeil chose to resign, according to the bus company.

Now, motivational speeches and prayer are not uncommon from McNeil. In fact, he is known for his dynamic speeches. When a video of one of his inspirational speeches went viral it received more than 166,614 hits. Stan has more than 2,500 followers on Twitter (@busdriverLX), and a Facebook page.

Supporters have even started a change.org petition that already has 4,364 signatures. Ashley Park, an alumni who signed the petition also wrote: "All he did was show he cared. I'm not religious but I never felt pressure to convert when riding Stan's bus."

Watch Chasing New Jersey weeknights at 10pm on My9 and don’t forget to like us on Facebook!


  • Chasing New JerseyMore>>

  • Giant Prom Date

    Giant Prom Date

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:55 PM EDT2014-04-24 00:55:41 GMT
    One lucky high school senior from Bayonne, New Jersey will be bringing an all-star date to her senior prom. Lauren Delbert asked New York Giant’s Punter Steve Rutherford to prom on twitter and he said “yes!”
    One lucky high school senior from Bayonne, New Jersey will be bringing an all-star date to her senior prom. Lauren Delbert asked New York Giant’s Punter Steve Rutherford to prom on twitter and he said “yes!”
  • Earth Day At Jersey City’s Community Garden

    Earth Day At Jersey City’s Community Garden

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:55 PM EDT2014-04-24 00:55:04 GMT
    Yesterday was Earth Day and people all across New Jersey took time to celebrate Mother Earth. Founder of the Astor Free Community Garden in Jersey City, Tinina Bland, organized a day of gardening with some of the city’s hardest working two and three year olds. “We reach out throughout the entire community, we grow collard greens, mustard greens, turnip greens, four different types of tomatoes, watermelon, pumpkin and this year we’re introducing fruit,” Bland explained.
    Yesterday was Earth Day and people all across New Jersey took time to celebrate Mother Earth. Founder of the Astor Free Community Garden in Jersey City, Tinina Bland, organized a day of gardening with some of the city’s hardest working two and three year olds. “We reach out throughout the entire community, we grow collard greens, mustard greens, turnip greens, four different types of tomatoes, watermelon, pumpkin and this year we’re introducing fruit,” Bland explained.
  • Annual Walk To Washington Event Kicks Off

    Annual Walk To Washington Event Kicks Off

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:47 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:47:18 GMT
    Every year the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce sponsors a train heading to Washington D.C. full of lobbyists and politicians. This year marks the 77th annual New Jersey Walk to Washington event where people board a train and use that trip to walk around the aisles and network with some of the Garden State’s top political and business leaders. Governor Christie has even said in the past that the year does not begin until the Chamber dinner in Washington.
    Every year the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce sponsors a train heading to Washington D.C. full of lobbyists and politicians. This year marks the 77th annual New Jersey Walk to Washington event where people board a train and use that trip to walk around the aisles and network with some of the Garden State’s top political and business leaders. Governor Christie has even said in the past that the year does not begin until the Chamber dinner in Washington.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices